How Unhappy is the Man who is Devoid of Humility.

How Unhappy is the Man who is Devoid of Humility.

PRAYER BEFORE MEDITATION.

My God, I firmly believe that Thou art here present. I acknowledge that on account of my many sins I am utterly unworthy to appear before Thy sacred countenance. Yet, confiding in Thy infinite goodness and mercy, I venture to address Thee, to call upon Thy holy name, and meditate upon Thy commandments, in order that I may acquire a better knowledge of Thy holy will, and accomplish it with more fidelity. Wherefore enlighten my understanding that I may perceive what I ought to do or leave undone for the promotion of Thy glory and my own salvation; at the same time excite my will, that I may repent with my whole heart of my past sins, and resolve for the future to do all that Thou requirest of me. Grant me above all to know Jesus, my divine Teacher and Guide, more clearly, that I may love Him more dearly, and consequently labor, struggle and suffer with greater generosity and self-sacrifice in imitation of His example. Holy Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, show Jesus to me now, and let me study thy divine Son to the salvation of my soul. Holy Guardian Angel, keep far from me all distracting thoughts; my patron saint, come to my assistance. Amen.

How Unhappy is the Man who is Devoid of Humility.

We will meditate on a thirteenth reason for being very humble; it is that therein consists the secret of our happiness even in the present life, and in order to understand it we shall see: 1st, how unhappy is the man who is devoid of humility; 2d, how happy is the truly humble man. We will then make the resolution: 1st, always to have a great deal of consideration for every one, even for our inferiors; 2d, not to require any consideration to be shown to ourselves, and to receive with great gratitude, as a thing which is not due to us, the kindness bestowed upon us.

Learn of Me, because I am meek and humble of heart, and you shall find rest to your souls” (Matt. xi. 29).

Let us adore the ineffable goodness of Jesus Christ, who has enabled us to find happiness here below in the accomplishment of His will, and, above all, in the practice of humility. Let us thank Him for all His goodness and render to Him all our homage.

If the man who is not humble considers himself, he beholds his wretchedness with nothing but sorrow and annoyance; he is sad and sombre in his temper on account of it. and his melancholy makes him a burden to others and to himself. If, after looking at his own person, he casts his eyes on his neighbor, the advantages which others possess excite his jealousy. A preference which is not granted to him, a slight reproach, or even a charitable piece of advice, saddens him and fills his soul with vexation. A check in a project wherein he hoped for success; a word of censure or of ridicule; a look, a gesture, forgetfulness of certain small attentions which he believed were his due, is enough to discourage and cast him down. In the smallest sign of contempt he finds the source of a great grievance, as is seen in the favorite of Assuerus, who shed tears of despair because the esteem of one single man in the empire was not accorded to him. It is a susceptibility which is annoyed, which is uneasy and offended at everything. There is no need for him to seek a cause out of himself; his own temperament is sufficient to render him unhappy. The suspicions he conceives, the rash judgments he forms, the imaginations which have no foundation, are enough to render him gloomy and discontented (Prov. xi. 2). Let us here examine our past lives, and we shall see that the greater portion of our troubles comes from hence. Who could give expression to the sadness and melancholy which our imagination has excited in us with regard to the unfavorable opinion which we fancy has been entertained of us? What trouble and uneasiness have been inflicted on our minds on account of a small humiliation which we have received, a reproof addressed to us, or the thought that we have not been respected as much as we ought to have been!

PRAYER AFTER MEDITATION.

My God, I give Thee heartfelt thanks for all the graces and all the light Thou hast conferred on me during this meditation. Pardon me all the negligence and the distractions of which I have been guilty, and give me strength to carry out the resolutions that I have made. Fortify me, that from henceforth I may diligently practise this virtue . . . avoid this fault . . . perform this action . . . to Thy honor. Help me to do this, sweet Virgin Mary; and if I ever forget my good resolutions, I entreat my Angel Guardian to recall them to my memory. Amen.

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September Devotion: The Holy Cross

Virtues to practice: Piety, fervor in the performance of sacred duties, the spirit of prayer

O Mary, most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my filial affection. Into thy heart, pierced by so many swords, do thou welcome my poor soul. Receive it as the companion of thy sorrows at the foot of the Cross, on which Jesus died for the redemption of the world. With thee, O sorrowful Virgin, I will gladly suffer all the trials, contradictions, and infirmities which it shall please our Lord to send me. I offer them all to thee in memory of thy sorrows, so that every thought of my mind, and every beat of my heart may be an act of compassion and of love for thee. And do thou, sweet Mother, have pity on me, reconcile me to thy divine Son Jesus, keep me in His grace and assist me in my last agony, so that I may be able to meet thee in heaven and sing thy glories. Amen.

An indulgence of 500 days (taken from The Raccolta (c)1957).


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